“Protecting drinking water from harmful contamination and exploitation is a shared responsibility,” said Parker, who holds a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair. “These municipalities are facing significant water demands through residential and industrial growth.”
“Southern Wellington County will greatly benefit from this research, as the scientific knowledge of the local groundwater resources and their sustainable management is essential for the development of the region,” Parker said.
The Township of Puslinch expressed support for the initiative. “This generous donation from Nestlé Waters Canada will support an important research project that will help us better understand this key resource,” said mayor Dennis Lever.
“The ultimate goal is improved groundwater resource utilization polices and public awareness of the importance of sustainable source water protection strategies,” Parker said.
Andreanne Simard, natural resources manager for Nestlé Waters Canada, said: “Nestlé strives to add value to the community, not only through its operations. Water sustainability is Nestlé’s NO. 1 priority and we are proud to support this research program that will contribute to the protection of this vital resource.”